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Watchdog: Cancer-striken Palestinian detainee in Israeli prison requires intensive care

Ramallah (The Inside Palestine)- The health condition of the cancer-stricken prisoner, Nasser Abu Hamid, is extremely difficult and requires urgent medical care, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission said on Saturday.

Spokesman for the commission, Hassan Abd Rabbo, said that the prisoner Abu Hamid is using a wheelchair as he became unable to move.

He also suffers from severe fatigue, and he really needs medical follow-up, Abd Rabbo added.

The commission’s lawyer, Karim Ajwa, who managed to visit Abu Hamid in Ramla prison hospital on Wednesday, affirmed that he suffers from serious health deterioration as he became unable to move and suffers a memory loss and sharp weight loss.

The lawyer pointed out that he was only given painkillers despite his serious health condition.

Earlier last week, the prisoner was moved back to Ramla prison clinic from Barzilai hospital despite his difficult health situation.

Abu Hamid, who has been in prison since 2002, has lung cancer and recently started to take doses of chemotherapy after long Israeli procrastination and deliberate medical neglect.

He began to fall ill in August with chest pain. Doctors found and removed a lung tumor.

The prisoner was moved back to Israel’s Ashkelon jail where his condition worsened after his access to chemotherapy was deliberately delayed more than once.

Abu Hamid is one of five brothers from the same family, handed life sentences by Israel. A sixth brother from the same family was killed by Israeli occupation forces.

Over 700 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails in dire need of medical attention, 170 of whom are in critical condition.

Source: The Palestinian Information Center

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